Senior Court Advocate

Job Type

Full Time




25 Chapel Street
7th Floor
United States


The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights. CCA serves people in trouble: youth at risk; families in crisis; people struggling to address drug and alcohol problems and HIV and AIDS; and people who have been involved in the criminal justice system who are seeking community reintegration and productive, law-abiding lives. CCA endeavors to address these issues by emphasizing personal empowerment, self-respect and concern for one's community.

Job Summary: Responsible for providing and/or coordinating direct court advocacy services to juvenile and adults including the development of written client specific alternative-to-detention/incarceration plans and updates for submission to the courts, coordination of court calendar, and liaison with defense attorneys, judges, family, and other pertinent service providers. Supervises Court Advocates.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Initiates and/or reviews referrals of potential clients.
  • Interviews clients and conducts client assessment.
  • Collects and reviews additional information through interview of family members, and other collateral sources and relevant documentation necessary to complete client assessment.
  • Conducts case conferences and assigns referrals with Court Advocates.
  • Conducts home, school and other pertinent site visits required to verify information to be presented in the release and/or sentencing plan.
  • Liaison with defense attorney and other court staff and service providers.
  • Prepares written client specific plan for court and reviews CSPs prepared by Court Advocates prior to court submission. Prepares and submits updates as required by the court
  • Coordinates services to clients, ensuring that all court appearances are covered and the necessary plans and follow up reports are timely submitted.
  • Maintains client and program records as required. Tracks displacement, referral, intake and other related statistics for program reporting.
  • Explains program and release requirements including agency and other relevant service referrals.
  • Participates in staff meetings, in-service and outside training.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications: Commitment to and experience in working with adults and youth with diverse cultural backgrounds who are involved, or at risk of involvement, with the criminal/juvenile justice system, HIV/AIDS, or substance abuse. Bachelor’s degree in human service field. Strong written/oral communication and advocacy skills with the ability to negotiate multiple service delivery systems and agencies. Computer literacy (word processing, e-mail, internet research, data entry) required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.


Paid Vacation and Sick Time

11 paid holidays

Medical and Dental Insurance

Medical and Dependent Care Pre-Tax Flexible Spending

403(b) Retirement Plan

Life Insurance and Supplement Life Insurance

NYS Disability Insurance

Employee Referral Bonus

Employee Assistance Program

Direct Deposit

Transportation Savings program (NYC) 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree